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Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario

Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario
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Type of Attraction
Religious, Buildings & Monuments
Interests That Apply
Art, Architecture, Religion, History
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Price: $0-$5
Is there parking?: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Partial
Notes: Minimum climate control.
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch Breakfast
Restrooms: Availability Unknown
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Chiesa di San Giovanni Elemosinario

Church of San Giovanni Elemosinario

Works by Titian and Portenone

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Ruga Vecchia San Giovanni
San Polo
Venice, Veneto 30125


This church is ancient: founded in 1071, it was completely destroyed by the disastrous Rialto fire in 1514, and was subsequently rebuilt in Renaissance style. It is tucked away behind a frescoed arch, and is usually surrounded by the stalls of street vendors, making it a fun scavenger hunt to even find. Once you've actually located it, you'll be rewarded with beautiful works of art to see by the maestros Titian and Pordenone. Interestingly enough, the two were apparently archenemies. When Titian returned from working in Bologne, he found that Pordenone had gained much favor in the city, and the two proceeded to duke it out with one another (as artists) by painting their respective altarpieces in this church--a contest that has survived for hundreds of years, hidden away in this old chapel.

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Times & Dates

Open Hours: 10am-5pm, Mon-Sat; 1pm-5pm, Sun
Visit Time: 30min-1hr
Average Wait Time: None
Price: $0-$5
Discounts Available: This church is included in the Chorus Church museum group.


Indoor with climate control.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Nearest Train or Bus: Vaporetto stop: San Silvestro (Line 1)
Best Modes of Transportation: Ferry/Boat Walking
Notes: Located approximately halfway between the Rialto and San Tomà.
Parking Availability: No

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